Today we launch a fortnight of festive photo fun – as filmed by the Echo over the decades.
“Whatever the occasion – from ship launches to Christmas festivities – our snappers have captured it on camera,” said archivist Susan Swinney.
Today’s pictures includes a Christingle gathering at Moorside Primary School in December 1977, as well as Empire panto performers in 1983.
Also featured is the British Home Stores choir in 1983, Dubmire Primary School Nativity Play in 1977 and a party at Springwell Infants School in 1974.
“I’ve managed to unearth a wide range of Christmas activities from over the decades and really hope they put a smile on people’s faces!” said Susan.